When it comes to auto-following people on Twitter (either manually or with third party applications), there are basically two camps: those who claim it is a bad idea, and those who claim it is a good idea.
People who say auto-following Twitter users back is a bad idea use the following arguments:
- When you auto-follow everyone back, in a matter of weeks you will be following thousands of people, and it is impossible to keep track of what they will tweet.
- If you auto-follow you will end up following spammers, scammers and bot accounts that are automated, with no real humans behind them
- Even if auto-following will give you more followers, those followers will have low quality, because you won’t be able to build real relationships with them.
The folks who think auto-following is a good idea, on the other hand, have the following arguments:
- Auto-following will increase the number of followers that you have, so you will be able to leverage a bigger audience on Twitter (for whatever goals you might have)
- Auto-following is also polite. If someone takes the time to read your tweets, it is only fair that you do the same with theirs.
- By using Twitter tools and applications it is still possible to follow a large number of people, get value out of their tweets and interact with them.
I thought that it would be interesting to see what percentage of our readers auto-follow everyone back, and what percentage does not, so let’s have a poll. You are also welcome to write a comment if you want to share your opinion on the issue.